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Word of the Day: Kakorrhaphiophobia


(n.) an abnormal fear of failure or defeat; from the Greek kakos (“bad, evil”); syn. atychiphobia

Everybody in L.A. fails. We just do.

—Moby, from “Creativity and Freedom to Fail”

Maria Popova of Brainpickings pertinently asks in her March 2014 review of Sarah Lewis’s insightful book The Rise, “How, then, can we transcend that mental block, that existential worry, that keeps us from the very capacity for creative crash that keeps us growing and innovating?” It’s a trepidation we all have felt, whether it edges into the realm of “abnormal” or not: the fear of failure, of not succeeding, of letting someone down, whether it’s a teacher or a friend or just yourself.